Eye Popping
Coraline 3D
Review by Ross Anthony

This animated picture opens with grace and beauty. Coraline's little world is ripe with colors and magic and mystery. Further, the 3d squarely brings you into this quirky wonder. I have a very vivid imagination, yet, I can't imagine seeing this film without the 3D.

For nearly an hour the juicy "St. Pepper" visuals along with Coraline's curiosity and her curious friends kept a smile glued to my face. I felt as though I'd walked right into this century's Oz. However, the wizardry peaked just a little early with the three wonders wondrously trumpeting their circus grandeur, unfortunately too much film remained. The last thirty minutes hold nothing so breathtaking. Further, by this time this eye-popping presentation's burst of originality has wound down a notch. Hence, the film that began with a wahoo, ends nearer a whisper.

SPOILER: Also, story realization-wise, I love that Coraline must find the missing eyes, and I like the device that assists her. But, why not use an actual set of eyes? Wouldn't that be far more eerie than a simple ball? I found the reuniting of eyes with deserving souls equally underwhelming. This is so important to the story, but the execution here feels like a simple video game score and is absent of any stirring emotional quality. I would have challenged those responsible to create a powerful visual that topped anything seen in the production thus far.

Overall, qualities of a masterpiece, but not enough staying power. Still, what is done well, is done very well. A very strong B+.

PS: It's a bit spooky. Might not want to bring kids under 5, or if they're sensitive to spooky stuff.

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Coraline 3D

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  • Starring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane. Directed by Henry Selick. Screenplay by Henry Selick. Produced by Bill Mechanic, Claire Jennings, Henry Selick, at Focus.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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